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in the case regarding the legality of some of the charges. attempts by the u.s. government to legitimatize these military tribunals have been complicated by the fact that the only two convictions of guantanamo bay prisoners via tribunals have been reversed by civilian appeals courts. the administration is also facing heat over its continued reliance on drone strikes. according to figures compiled by the london-based bureau of investigative journalism, the u.s. has conducted 362 drone strikes in pakistan since 2004 with 128 in 2010 alone. the program's covert nature has alarmed civil rights activists and the human rights council has now launched an investigation into drone attacks connected to civilian casualties. joining us now to discuss the war on terror is the director of the aclu, national security project, hannah. thanks for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> this is a conversation that i think gradually is taking more of a role on center stage. especially with the appointment of john brennan and as we look at john kerry and chuck hagel. in terms of u.s. national security and
was worn some as the 40th president of the united states ushering in an era of limited government and the rise of the modern conservative movement. yesterday barack obama, the 44th president of the united states, was sworn in for his second term. the moment that will define progressive politics m years to come and one that symbolizes a renewed faith and the power of the american government. needless to say, it was a day several decades in the making. >> for the first time in history government, the people said, was not our master. it is our servant. >> government is not the problem, and government is not the solution. we, the american people, we are the solution. >> the commitments we make to each other through medicare and medicaid and social security, these things do not sapp our nation. they strengthen us. they do not make us a taker of nags. they free us to take the risks that make this country great. >> as he made a forceful case for economic equality and the social safety net president obama championed the american belief in equality of race, gender, and sexual orientation,
and complex government. i know he's run a health clinic before, but, obviously, he hasn't run a multifaceted global organization. >> karen, you worked for hillary clinton. she was nothing, if not, defiant this morning. how -- what was your read on her pushback, what difference does it make as far as the sort of tick tock on when the administration admitted there were protests or no protests. >> what struck me was that when she testified on health care when she was first lady, it was clear very quickly she knew more about the subject matter than the questions. that seemed to be true with the republicans. rand paul is all about 2016 and ron johnson had his talking points he wanted to get in, and she doesn't suffer fools, particularly on something like this, where i think as you saw at the beginning, it's personal. this is a big deal. this is very serious. this shouldn't be about, you know, the talking points that we were talking about back during the campaign. this should be about how do we move forward, particularly given i think we now can see sort of a bigger picture of what's happening in
government. there are actually more federal regulation on manufacturing bb guns than there are real guns, so it really is, you know, francly ridiculous when you look at it like that, and i think what you brought up of guns making it into the illegal market, which is a big problem, we have to realize that 40% of all gun sales in this country every year go unchecked. i mean, that's a really easy way for a legitimate gun to fall into the hands of an illegitimate person, and we need to fix that problem, and the president's proposals will do just that. >> let me bring in our wonderful panel here in new york. hans, harry reid is bringing to theoretically going to bring this legislation forward to the floor of the senate and open amendment process, which a lot of people think is going to fundamentally water down some of the provisions because basically everybody gets to throw their 2 cents in. your read on that and your sort of optimism with regard to real reform. >> well, most of those serious reform efforts right now will have a ledges lafsh process, and we can game out how it's going to go. you'
the government and automatic steep spending cuts that could cost thousands of jobs. welcome to the new normal in washington. joining us now from davos, switzerland, is cnbc's squawk box co-host "new york times" columnist and author of too big to fail, andrew ross sorkin. it is great to see you. i can't see the snowcapped mountains in the background, but i'm sure they are there. >> you can't? come on. they're there. they're there. i promise. >> i believe you. >> i promise. >> i want to ask you, andrew, what is the view from davos? >> colder, by the way, in new york than here, apparently. what did you say, alex? >> that's the climate change block that we'll keep you on for later. in terms of the view from davos, here we are fiddling around with the u.s. economy. what do the world's great financial and fiscal minds have to say regarding the antics in washington? >> well, i'll tell you, actually, the prevailing few here, and eric cantor just arrived. the prevailing view is that even in three months from now, the idea that we've punted on this issue, i think the prevailing view here is that we pun
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